Human Rights Officer, P3

UN Assistance Mission for Iraq
  • Location
    Erbil, Iraq
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Apr-24-2019
  • Posted
    Apr 15

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). The Human Rights Officer will be based in the Erbil Office and will act as Human Rights Team Leader for Mosul. The Human Rights Officer will report to the Chief Human Rights Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will act as the Team Leader and will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Plans, coordinates and leads multidisciplinary teams in the monitoring documenting and reporting of alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law;
  • Formulates recommendations and suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the area of responsibility;
  • Plans, designs, implements and evaluates strategies for the mainstreaming of human rights in the activities of the UN peace mission and the UNCT and advocates for the integration of human rights in these programmes;
  • Contributes to advocacy strategies, advocates and advises relevant authorities, including State officials, the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), UN and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) senior management on strategies to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms to stop impunity and redress human rights violations;
  • Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
  • Represents the human rights component in decision-making fora in the area of responsibility as appropriate;
  • Analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources;
  • Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
  • Promotes the effective flow of information and channels human rights analysis and concerns for inclusion in UN crisis management and response;
  • Trains, coaches and supervises new and junior staff, manages their performance, and assists in training needs assessments;
  • Designs, delivers, coordinates and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, armed groups, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders;
  • Works with national authorities and civil society for the establishment of transitional justice processes and the establishment of accountability and compensation mechanisms, as appropriate;
  • Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports as required;
  • Ensures the integration of UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting, protection and investigation Activities;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Good knowledge of international human rights law standards; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Proven understanding of the relevance of information and data management and its applicability to human rights work; Ability to identify appropriate means of communication to channel relevant human rights information for crisis management and response. shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in human rights, law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in field and headquarters locations at national and international levels in the human rights field, including in addressing the root causes of human rights conflicts in accordance with international standards, is required. Human Rights monitoring and reporting experience is required. A minimum of one year’s experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organisation or non-governmental organisation – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience conducting human rights investigations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required.

Application instructions

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